Course 1: TAVR/TEVAR, Guidewires, and Sheaths

Course Directors: Juan A. Crestanello, Columbus, OH, and Vinod H. Thourani, Atlanta, GA

COMMERCIAL RELATIONSHIPS   J. A. Crestanello: Research Grant, Medtronic, Inc.; V. H. Thourani: Research Grant, Edwards Lifesciences Corporation, MAQUET, SORIN GROUP; Consultant/Advisory Board, St. Jude Medical, Inc.; Ownership Interest, Apica Inc.

New skills are required for transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) and thoracic endovascular aortic repair (TEVAR). This course will introduce attendees to novel endovascular techniques for the treatment of aortic stenosis and thoracic aortic disease. The hands-on lab experience will provide participants with the opportunity to either practice or observe an expert perform a variety of procedures utilizing the latest technology, including transfemoral, direct aortic, and  transapical aortic valve replacement, introduction to wires and catheters, and all aspects of TEVAR.

Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Compare techniques on transfemoral, direct aortic, and transapical aortic valve replacement
  • Classify the techniques required to expertly perform TEVAR and to practice the implant procedure with consideration of technical pitfalls
  • Compare and appraise techniques with multiple different wires and catheters utilized in the performance of TAVR and TEVAR


Please watch the video below containing background information and lecture materials associated with this course.

Please note: No CME credit is associated with the viewing of web-based content. This presentation was created for The Society of Thoracic Surgeons STS University courses, and STS retains sole rights to these materials.